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Coat Tree

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Coat TreeIn an attempt to keep our house a little less cluttered when we have company, I made this coat tree for the front door area. I finally got around to it after about a year. In the meantime, my wife had purchased a bamboo (Ikea type) coat tree that has been in service.This is the usual woods for me, that match the rest of my furniture: hickory and walnut.
Finish is Danish oil, followed by 3 coats of wiped-on poly.The top hooks are cast iron that I purchased on the internet, I can't remember where now. The bottom hooks are hand forged by a fellow that sells them on Ebay.I'm really happy with how it all turned out. I drew up a plan, inspired by some of the items that I liked about other coat trees. It was fun dreaming it up, and it actually turned out just like the picture I drew.



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Housewarming Gift - lettering on wood

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Housewarming Gift - lettering on woodNot a very complex project from a woodworking point of view, a housewarming gift for my son as he moves into his new home. I thought it would be interesting for what I learned about laying out and applying lettering on wood.The house is cut from pine and painted to look like the house they lived in when they were first married. As you can see I am challenged as a painter. I was hoping to at least convey a (albiet cartoonish) representation of that house, including the dogs.When it came to the lettering, I was experimenting with fonts, layout, spacing, size, etc. My painting ability for the letters was even worse than the house. Then I had an idea to use the Cricut that one of my kids has. I did not want to use vinyl letters on the wood, I wanted the letters painted on. I started using the Cricut to create templates to experiment with layout, and spacing, but soon thought to use the vinyl in a negative way, as a stencil. I chose to paint the letters on, so I could embellish them later. This stencil approach could also be used for other shapes and other media as well.I tried several approaches, and ended up putting down two coats of polyurethane to start, then put on the vinyl stencil, and the paint for the lettering. I tried a few practice pieces directly on the wood, and found that the paint bled under the stencil. Putting the polyurethane down first, gave me much cleaner lines.I used spray paint inside the lettering. I just could not get clean and even application when I tried using a brush. I also found that I needed to let the paint set for about 5min before removing the stencil. If I removed it too soon, it was too messy, and if I waited till it tried, the bond of the paint to the vinyl was stronger than the bond to the wood. This caused it to tear up the edges and leave a saw-tooth pattern. If I pulled the stencil up when it had set up on the wood, but not dried against the vinyl yet, I got that nice clean lines.Anyway, I think this approach might be helpful for laying out nay type of graphic pattern on wood, using whatever medium to leave the graphic behind. Thanks for reading.



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2020 Ornament

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2020 Ornament2020 Ornament both plain and with name.



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